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“Ice cream” for Cupcakes

a couple of the decorated cupcakes..they didn't last long!

a couple of the decorated cupcakes..they didn’t last long!

I love to make things fun for everyone, whenever I can. With cupcakes, it’s almost hard to make them more fun, but this time around I decided to bring back an old classic of baking them into ice cream cones. (thank you to my friend for posting the idea on her FB page that reminded me of this gem).  Now, you can do this the easy way and just go buy a prepackaged mix and pour the batter into the cones and bake as directed for cupcakes. But at our house I like to experiment (really) and decided to make my own cake batter.

filling the cones

filling the cones

As usual, I took a recipe from a book I have, this time from the one provided to me when I bought my handy dandy mixer. It’s like having a second set of hands in the kitchen with me. I used an easy yellow cake recipe, modifying it slightly to use 1/2 whole wheat flour and flax seed as a replacement for some of the eggs.

When I have the children helping, I sometimes like to gather all the ingredients first and measure some of them so all we have to do is add what we need to the bowl when we need it. With my little helping hands cracking eggs and pouring the sugar, we added all the ingredients to the mixing bowl and watched as it worked hard.

When the batter was mixed, we all took turns spooning the batter into ice cream cones that my sweet DD had picked out at the store earlier. I think I filled them too little, just over the first ledge in the cone. next time I will try filling them just slightly more, to about 1.5 cm below the rim. I placed them in a muffin tin to help keep them balanced and baked them the same way I do cupcakes.


They turned out great, and even though the decorating and eating took a couple of days (we decorated this time as we ate) they were a big hit.

Definitely trying this one again with different sorts of cones and batters.

Happy cooking!


Welcome to our journey


Hello! I am writing this as my two youngest play inside their “new” (to us) Thomas the tank Engine tent/tunnel. They are pretending to be the driver, and passengers are the stuffed animals they collect along the way. The oldest is yet again visiting with his great grandpa, and as I look around the mess we call home I am thankful.

I am thankful that I have a mess to clean, thankful that I know that as the messes are being made, so are memories. They learn so much through play, and as I see them learning with each other how to get along I know I am doing the right thing.

We are home schoolers, life learners, “unschoolers”  and welcome to our journey.

I let the children lead the way, and follow along, sometimes not knowing the outcome, sometimes figuring the outcome and always learning right along side them. Some people might think that means unparenting, or not giving the kids an education.

I totally disagree.

Although in some situations there may be a neglect in some way, the way we do it is definitely rich in many ways. We provide books, videos, internet, board games, puzzles, hands on crafts, writing, drawing, painting, outings and most of all free play. We bring the kids camping and to play outside. We watch birds, noticing when the seasons change the honk of geese in the air (we are due to hear them again anytime now, signalling the for sure sign of spring finally coming). We learn about growing our own food by gardening on our small balcony. My children know where our meat comes from beyond the grocery store, even though we live in a large city.

Sometimes it looks as though we don’t do anything, that we just “play all day”. Well, what else are children supposed to be doing? Play is their work, and right now, their play is my work, too.

Have fun and enjoy the great times childhood can bring.